Companies Hiring the Class of 2010

new-grads-jobsGraduation ceremonies, while long and boring, are the big finish to years of hard work and anxiety. The exams, the essays, the all-nighters, the poor diet -- they all lead to this piece of paper. Of course, college is about more than the diploma itself, but for that one day all that matters is crossing the stage with your classmates and throwing your hats in the air.

As those hats rain down, you realize you're no longer a student. You're an adult who needs a job and has to start repaying those student loans.

Fortunately, many employers are looking for workers just like you. New graduates are ideal candidates for many reasons -- you're educated, energetic and looking to enter a new industry.

"Faced with uncertainty about their job prospects, the Class of 2010 worked hard and dedicated time to the things they could control -- academics, activities, community service -- instead of worrying about the things they couldn't. This speaks volumes about their work ethic and drive. These traits are extremely valuable at GEICO," says Matt Duren, college recruiting manager for GEICO.

Good news: GEICO isn't the only company with this point of view. To help the best and brightest of 2010, here are 17 companies who are ready and eager to hire new graduates right now.


American General Life and Accident Insurance Company (AGLA)

Industry: Life insurance

Sample job titles: Sales associate

Location: Nationwide (except Wyo. And N.Y.)


Blinds To Go

Industry: Retail

Sample job titles: Management Trainees and Sales Personnel

Location: New York metropolitan region, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Washington, Orlando, Tampa


Cardinal Health

Industry: Pharmaceutical and medical distribution

Sample job titles: Accounting and finance, communications, customer service, human resources, information technology, marketing, pharmacy, sales, warehouse operations

Location: Nationwide


Charles Schwab

Industry: Finance

Sample job titles: Brokers

Location: Denver, Phoenix, Indianapolis


Con-way, Inc.

Industry: Transportation

Sample job titles: Truck driver

Location: Nationwide


Dollar General

Industry: Retail

Sample job titles: District manager, store manager candidate, assistant store manager

Location: Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Scranton


Drivetime

Industry: Automotive

Sample job titles: Sales associate, sales manager, general manager

Location: Nationwide


Examiner.com

Industry: Online Media

Sample job titles: Writer, photographer

Location: Nationwide


GEICO

Industry: Insurance

Sample job titles: Sales representatives, actuarial assistants, analysts, supervisor leadership program (fast-track development program), customer service representatives, claims representatives, information technology professionals

Locations: Chevy Chase, Md., Honolulu, Dallas, Woodbury, N.Y., Buffalo, Fredericksburg, Va., Tucson, San Diego, Calif., Virginia Beach, Va., Lakeland, Fla., Macon, Ga.


Huron Consulting Group

Industry: Management consulting firm

Sample job titles: Higher education and life sciences analyst, Wellspring+Stockamp Huron Healthcare analysts

Location: National, Chicago, New York, Atlanta


Insphere Insurance Solution

Industry: Insurance

Sample job titles: Sales representatives

Location: Nationwide


Jamba Juice

Industry: Food service

Sample job titles: Shift Manager and General Manager

Location: California, New York, Chicago, Florida


Mattress Firm, Inc.

Industry: Retail

Sample job titles: Sales and management training program

Location: Nationwide


New York Life Insurance Company - Young Professionals Market

Industry: Insurance/financial sales

Sample job titles: Entry level financial sales, entry level sales/sales management

Location: Nationwide


ServiceLink

Industry: Finance/mortgage lender services

Sample job titles: Closing coordinator, title examiner, QC reviewer, staff appraiser

Locations: Coraopolis, Penn., Aliquippa, Penn., Virginia Beach, Irvine, Calif., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Buffalo, Denver, Kansas City, Kan.


SunBridge Healthcare

Industry: Health care

Sample job titles: Registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), and nurse management

Location: Nationwide


Vanguard

Industry: Financial services/investments

Sample job titles: Client relationship associate, processing associate, supervisor/team leader, financial planner

Location: Valley Forge, Penn., Scottsdale, Charlotte, N.C.

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Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/abalderrama.

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